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Shepherd, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 18, 2004
4:07 AM

Post #1100397

I wasn't really looking for him...I just happened to glance at the flowers when I was walking by them, and there it was, chomping out on what few flowers I have on the poor bush. The plant is Caesalpinia mexicana...I have no idea who the culprit eating it is. Any ideas? My husband and I thought it was camoflauged quite well for its preferences. :-)

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Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 18, 2004
4:43 AM

Post #1100436

I don't know what he is, but he's certainly a purty one!

There used to be a site where you could look up pillars by their host plants, but I can't find it now . ..

Churchill, Victoria
(Zone 10a)

October 18, 2004
5:30 AM

Post #1100491

Here is a site that gives a lot of information on caterpillars and their host plants, but it has not yer enabled me to trace your caterpillar.
Blue Springs, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 18, 2004
12:01 PM

Post #1100640

Definitely a pretty pillar. I had some last year that were pink - they were on my pink snapdragons...I wonder if they turn the color of whatever they're eating?
Shepherd, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 18, 2004
12:29 PM

Post #1100661

I found a cool site called Bug Guide.Net, and I posted the photo there. It's been tenatively IDed as a morph of the Cloudless Sulphur. They DO take on the color of the flowers that they're eating. We thought it was too perfectly colored! :-))

I forgot to mention that this particular caterpillar likes Cassias and Sennas. I had looked up my Caesalpinia as a host plant, and it listed a couple of butterflies that are way south of me. I'm guessing since my plant is way out of it's natural zone, it was just a matter of time that a local would find it a yummy substitute...kind of like chicken vs. turkey, I guess.

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